After debuting their label with the return of Headhunter, the TRUSIK team returns with their second vinyl release from the ever-illusive Ruffcut faculty member Tremble. Tremble has quietly made his presence known with reggae influenced tunes that are simultaneously roughly hewn, yet meticulous detailed in sound design.
For TRSK002, Tremble gives us “Too Much Terror”, which with all the daily attacks on civilians across the nations of the world, seems prescient. What starts out as sound system inspired roller slowly morphs into a technoid fusion of dread sub weight and dub techno chord flourishes.
On the flipside, Tremble simmers the tempo down to the 130ish range with “Bwoy”. Dancehall indebted sub detonations output cut vicious shapes while filtered Rasta portents gradually build into a technoid climax. Two killer sides for the concerning DJs!
For TRSK002, TRUSIK has incorporated artist Ben Ladieu’s immaculate pen and ink drawing into the overall aesthetic of the release. Ladieu’s work is often dense, multi-layered and full of little hidden details that draw comparisons to 80’s DIY punk flyers and Zeke Clough’s contributions to seminal dubstep label Skull Disco and Woe to the Septic Heart.
Mastered by Robert at Ten Eight Seven Mastering. Manufactured via Well Tempered. Vinyl distributed by Unearthed. Digital distributed by Railbird. Artwork by Ben LaDieu. Press Release by Jake Zeroth.
It’s been four long years since anything has surfaced from Headhunter, the last being 2011's “Clone” on the Bristol based Black Box imprint. But label-by-way-of-online blog, TRUSIK has secured two sought-after dubs from the man himself. In our first ever vinyl release, TRUSIK has collected “Parallels” and “Stand Alone” in a super limited 300 pressing with appropriately techno-infused psychedelic artwork from our long time collaborator Leftanderson.
“Parallels” is a building technoid monster that is armed with pistoning sub-bass dives as acidic 909s percolate through the cryo-mist atmospherics of a long derelict space ship that stills sends out a distress beacon. Quicksilver percussion ratchets up the tension as Headhunter tastefully affixes Tubby-esque fx to the proceedings.
On the flip “Stand Alone” is a strident roller with VHS-ripped kung-fu samples ala Horsepower Productions and an even more paranoid perc workout that features filtered amen-breaks, meditative conga patters and rapid fire hi-hat gun fire. A TR-909 menaces at the edges, watching for an opportune moment to strike only to be subsumed by the enveloping, spectral aeriforms.
Both are sure-fire floor killers and a magnificent return to form that made Headhunter the king of dubstep in the first place.
Mastered by Beau at Ten Eight Seven Mastering. Manufactured via Well Tempered. Vinyl distributed by Unearthed. Digital distributed by Railbird. Artwork by Leftanderson. Press Release by Jay Zer0.